Friday, June 14

New revelations Snowden: U.S. pursues hacker attacks on China in 2009


While journalists around the world are trying to determine the location of Edward Snowden, disappearing after each interview, and predict his future, the media continues to receive details of the cooperation of the largest Internet companies with U.S. intelligence.

In an interview with the Chinese edition of South China Morning Post 29-year-old analyst told about the program hacker attacks against China, the article says "debunkers Edward Snowden said that the U.S. government is 4 years old hacks into computers of Chinese universities, companies and politicians," published by Daily Mail. According to him, the National Security Agency makes 61 thousand hacking operations around the world.

"We break open network backbones - huge Internet routers, which gives us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to break each of them individually," - explained Snowden.

Because of the very Snowden and its location next to nothing is known, the media focus has shifted to his girlfriend, Lindsey Mills, who also disappeared from the radar, before placing it on the web in their half-naked pictures, according to the publication.

The firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked whistleblower, has announced the termination of his contract due to "violations of the code of ethics and policies of the company." There have also said that the salary Snowden was 122 thousand dollars, not 200 thousand, as he stated in an interview with The Guardian.

As for the future fate of Snowden, most observers do not doubt that in the negotiations on the transfer of its U.S. will participate Beijing, the author writes. They also tend to believe that China will not spoil relations between the U.S. due to a person that is not for them any interest.

Whistleblower himself told reporters that can hide in Iceland, where a strong tradition of granting asylum to rogue and accuser.

Their willingness to consider the request Snowden to grant him political asylum and said Russia. "To act will in fact, - commented the president's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov. - If such an appeal goes, it will be considered."

"Beijing: Revelations Edward Snowden on NSA harm US-China Relations" - is an article of Warren Murray in The Guardian.

Chinese state-owned newspaper The China Daily published an editorial, which states that the news of the mass surveillance programs "will test the strength of the relations between China and the United States."

The global collection of data on foreign Internet users, without a doubt, will leave a stain on the international reputation of the United States, believe in the Chinese edition.

Previously, the author of leaks about U.S. intelligence programs Edward Snowden told the South China Morning Post, that the United States is waging cyber-attacks against China and Hong Kong since 2009. He explained that he discloses this information to show the "hypocrisy of the U.S. government, which says that, unlike his opponents, never attacking civilian structures."

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department Jen Psak said her agency is not aware of allegations of cyber attacks, however, according to her, stealing economic information and data collection to protect American citizens from the terrorist threat - are two different things.

"Washington accuses China of several months in cyber espionage, and now it turns out that the main threat to individual freedom and privacy in the United States - is the absolute power of the government" - leads The China Daily According to researchers at the University of Foreign Affairs of China, Lee Higdon.

Another article in the same all The China Daily recalls that the general indignation program on the use of drones has forced Obama to "fix the deeply flawed practices." Perhaps predict Chinese journalists, revelations about the activities of the NSA will provoke the same reaction.

"It is not the first time the U.S. abuse of governmental structures causing widespread public concern since the United States launched a series of counter-terrorism programs after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

Hong Kong authorities have not yet expressed their attitude to the situation. During his visit to New York, the head of administration Liang Chzhenin declined to comment, writes The Guardian.

"Washington put pressure on the EU to mitigate data protection" - reads the headline in the Financial Times.

"The Obama administration has successfully lobbied the European Commission for an exception to the law on data protection clause, which could limit the ability of U.S. intelligence tracking for EU citizens", - the correspondent of publication James Fontanella-Khan.

In the case of adoption of the law in the original version of the U.S. government requests to Internet companies for information about the citizens of the EU would lose force, the article says.

The author notes that the majority of EU member states were initially opposed to the inclusion in the law of this article, since most companies are servers in the United States and do not fall under European jurisdiction.

According to sources in Brussels, the Europeans decided to finally give up the inclusion in the text of the draft of this article, after a number of high-ranking officials of the Obama administration, including Cameron Kerry - Senior Associate U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary and brother of John Kerry, launched a series of visits to Brussels .

In the American diplomatic service refused to comment on the presence of such a lobby, but said that European officials are interested in the opinion of the United States on the issue and listened to him attentively.

Currently, the bill being discussed in the European Parliament, and the staff of U.S. Internet companies fear that a wave of discontent with the NSA program MEPs may return "Article 42" in the text of the law.

"Google announced details of the data to the federal authorities" - is an article of Cecilia Kang in The Washington Post.

Representatives of the Internet giant told of their actions upon receiving a request for data, "When we are obliged to submit to such demands, we pass the information the U.S. government via secure FTP-connections or from hand to hand."

In this case, the company continues to publicly refute their participation in the secret program PRISM, about which last week wrote The Gurdian and The Washington Post.

Immediately after the confirmation of the existence of the program Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft and other major Internet companies were quick to deny the provision of "direct access" to their servers.

Internet giants have also asked the Ministry of Justice to release them from the obligation to disclose the details of their interactions with police officers. They fear that the secrecy of their participation in the programs being watched makes the public to fear the worst.

At Google, claiming that they are considering every legitimate request information separately and do not allow the NSA to access information through a secure portal. "The U.S. government does not have the ability to retrieve information directly from our servers or networks," - said in a statement.

At the same time, officials and former employees of the IT-companies are of the opinion that the government set the equipment on servers or to attempt to access them without the knowledge of the companies would be too difficult, then this would have known too many engineers, the article says .

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